Reported Celtic target Jordon Ibe has experienced a “huge fall” from grace as he looks set to leave Bournemouth on a free transfer, according to Andy Gray.
According to The Scottish Sun, Celtic manager Neil Lennon is a “long-term admirer” of the former Liverpool winger and wanted to sign him last summer.
Ibe, who joined Bournemouth for a then club record £15million from Anfield in 2016, is now set to leave Cherries in July following the expiration of his contract, as reported by Sky Sports.
Gray said about Ibe on The Keys & Gray Show: “It’s a huge fall. This young kid, he was so well thought of when he went to Bournemouth.
“I think Liverpool put a buy-back clause in because they thought he was going to reach heights, maybe not with them just then, but they wanted to have the ability to be first to buy him back.
“Let’s just say they are not exercising that buy-back.”
Much was expected of Ibe at Liverpool, and when he left for Bournemouth, it was hoped that he could help take the Cherries to the next level, but unfortunately, things haven’t quite gone to plan for him.
That said, Ibe is just 24 and has plenty of years ahead of him, and as a free agent, he would be a low-risk gamble for Celtic, a player who has bags of talent and, with the right man-management, can work his way back up to the levels he’s capable of reaching.